Over the Fence Cuppa | Neighbours Aotearoa
Having an over the fence cuppa in the beautiful Kāpiti Coast is the perfect way to take that first step in getting to know your neighbours better – or to renew the relationships you've already created. It encourages us all to connect with our neighbours and celebrate our neighbourhoods.
Getting to know your neighbours strengthens our community, making us all healthier, safer and more resilient – especially during emergencies when we need to support each other.
Over the Fence Cuppas are get-togethers organised by and for your local neighbourhood – they’re easy to organise, and a great way to get to know your neighbours better. These fun and friendly events for you and your neighbours will help you know who might need extra help in an emergency – and who might have special skills to give you extra help, too.
You can host a cuppa in your home or garden, on the berm, or even in a local park. You might decide to share morning tea, a barbecue, supper, or anything in between.
Your neighbourhood might choose a theme and plan some fun activities, like swapping homegrown produce, getting creative with chalk on the footpath, or even just sharing cake and a chat. There are heaps of ideas on the Neighbours Aotearoa website.
The theme for our Over the Fence Cuppas this year was Let's share. We had 47 registered hosts, who had on average eight households attend their event. Some included workshops by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office or our Waste Minimisation Advisor, others had barbecues and games. Everyone had fun and enjoyed the chance to connect with their neighbours.
Over the Fence Cuppa coincides with Neighbours Aotearoa month-long campaign in March.
Keep an eye out here or in our weekly Everything Kāpiti e-newsletter for 2024 registration details.
Registrations for our Over the Fence Cuppas are closed for this year, but any time is a great time to invite your neighbours over for a cuppa!
You could even share a meal or homegrown produce, talk about ways to help your neighbourhood get ready for an emergency, or even just say hi and share your contact details.